Remember when you were a kid and it was the last week of school and you could almost taste summer and it was killing you to still be inside? Well, this week I've learned it's worse when you're a teacher. I've been counting down the days big time. I don't know if I really deserve it, but I am totally excited for a nice, relaxing break. I'm sick of lesson plans and stressful meetings and headaches because of naughty boys. I have loved this year and I know I'm going to miss my students, but boy am I excited for summer! So, here we go- last 3 days of school, I can make it!
I'm sure you were all dying to know what I thought of last night's results. Loved it. Loved all of it (except that moment when we saw up Carrie Underwood's skirt- love her, but definitely not the outfit.) I even cried at the end because I'm just like that. I thought that David C. was so sweet to David A. and everyone else. It felt like the perfect ending. Countdown begins...6 months and 14 days.
Posted by Rachel at 7:08 PM
It's down to the wire. In fact, the show has already started. I'm so excited that I'm shaking and I keep pushing the wrong keys. The only problem is that I haven't made my decision yet. Archuleta is adorable, and a Utah boy, and clearly has the best voice. But, Cook is also pretty adorable himself. And, every once in a while he really blows me away (i.e. Mariah Carey night, I was in love.) I've always thought that David C. would win because David A. is too young and immature, and I just thought C. would get more votes. But, after last night I am completely torn. I have no clue who is going to win, and I don't even know who I want to win anymore!!!!! So I just have to think of it as a win/win/win situation- 2 hours of idol, and I'm going to be happy either way! The only bad thing is that I have six months to wait for my favorite ridiculous obsession to start again...oh the woes of my life. Enjoy!
Posted by Rachel at 7:02 PM
Bryan's mom came out for his cousin's wedding, and we got to spend a super fun weekend with her! On Saturday we went up to Salt Lake to see the sights on Temple Square. First we watched the Joseph Smith movie. It re-invigorated my testimony in our beloved prophet. I know that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ that he helped to restore on this earth. Sometimes I take for granted all that those early saints went through to establish the church. The movie was a great reminder that I need to be so grateful for all of their suffering. After the movie we went through the Church history museum, then got a delicious lunch at the Garden Court- the restaurant on top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. It was so fun to sit all the way up there and see the beautiful flowers (and hundreds of brides!) on Temple Square. Then we took a tour of the Conference Center- the best part was finally getting to go on the roof! It was so cool to see it up there, and the stories about how it was built are amazing. I loved doing all these things in Salt Lake, it's such a neat place and we don't really go there ever to site see because it's so close! That night we went to a ward barbeque then Bryan's mom helped us make some delicious strawberry jam. So, as usual, she left us with some great memories and delicious food!
Posted by Rachel at 7:17 PM
While Bryan was in CA, he got a recipe for flour tortillas from his 95 year old great-grandma (we love her.) So, we decided to celebrate our favorite Mexican holiday in style. Since I am still in school and Bryan is in the limbo between school ending and starting his internship, he took on most of the tortilla-making responsibilities. And, he was so cute- the tortillas were almost done when he said, "You are going to take a picture of these and document them on your blog, aren't you?" Thus this post came into existence.
The tortillas were delish, but also one of those things we'll have to keep working on to perfect. The hardest thing for us tonight was making them thin enough. But, here's the recipe:
4 c flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 c vegetable oil
2 c water
1. In a large bowl, mix first 4 ingredients by hand for at least 3 minutes.
2. Add 1 cup water and mix well, and then add the second cup gradually. The dough will be sticky.
3. Knead the dough for 6 minutes. It will remain sticky.
4. Cover and let rest for 15-20 minutes.
5. Pinch off a 2-inch ball of dough, with your fingers, flatten the dough into a disc on a floured surface, keeping it circular. Roll out with a rolling pin until it is 1/4 inch thick and 6" in diameter. The shape will be irregular.
6. Place on a hot, greased griddle or electric fry pan and cook about 1 minute on each side. Remove from the griddle and stack.
7. Serve ASAP or refrigerate or freeze (This makes about 25 tortillas, we halved it though)
Good luck, and happy Cinco de Mayo!
Posted by Rachel at 7:07 PM